You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for
I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!”
Psalm 139:13-17 (NKJV)
What does God see when He looks at us? What does He think when He thinks of us? As our perfect Creator, He considers us with pride because His works are marvelous works of art!
I don't know about you, but I have the tendency to forget that I am marvelous as one of God's works. Instead, I want to be taller, thinner, more sociable and more athletic—basically every thing I am not. I feel like an irregular jelly bean—with extra bumps & curves that make it far from the ideal.
Thankfully, that is not what God sees when He looks at us. He sees His creation, His precious children, His unique masterpieces and perfect jelly beans. He sees the days and the plans He fashioned for us, the good work He both started and is completing in us (Philippians 1:6). And, He invites us to be on display in His gallery of saints.
It's time to remember that we're marvelous just the way God made us. If we attempt to be anything else, we become phony knock-offs of his other masterpieces. Would a museum show an amateur's Mona Lisa if they owned the original?
Through us, He teaches and inspires, delights and encourages,
informs and uplifts all those who view our lives.
God, the master artist, is most concerned about expressing Himself—
His thoughts and His intentions—through what He paints in our character...
[He] wants to paint a beautiful portrait of His Son in and through your life.
A painting like no other in all of time.”
- Joni Eareckson Tada